- to make too small, short, etc.; skimp
- to treat stingily; stint
Origin of scrimpprobably ; from Scand, as in Swedish skrympa, to shrink, akin to Old English scrimman, German schrumpfen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kremb-, to turn, twist, shrink
to be sparing and frugal; try to make ends meet; economize
Archaic curtailed; scanty
intransitive verbscrimped, scrimp·ing, scrimps
To be very frugal and sparing. scrimped and saved for college tuition.
Origin of scrimpPerhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa, to shrink.
(third-person singular simple present scrimps, present participle scrimping, simple past and past participle scrimped)